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The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (300 pages)
David J. Perdue
(No Starch Press)
Lego Mindstorms is one of the latest educational toys aimed at getting kids interested in high-tech subjects the fun way: by building robots. Aimed at kids 10 years old and up, the robotics kit teaches young students about building, programming, and electronics. read more »
When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten... read more »
Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »
Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that? read more »
Instead of the usual tinsel, over-sized Santa Claus and multi-colored strands of Christmas Lights, Regent Street in London this year took a different approach.
These Star Wars Droid soy sauce bottles add spice - literally - to your table while giving fans of the popular sci-fi movie series one more 'must have' collectible. read more »
The Maid Taxi was a clever concept - until hordes of "Otaku" descended upon the service, displacing those genuinely disabled people the Maid Taxi's were designed to serve. read more »
Christmas in Japan is celebrated a little differently than in other countries and some holiday traditions are unique to the land of the rising sun. One of these is Christmas Cake - a very special cake with certain required ingredients. It can be said that Christmas in Japan really isn't Christmas at all without Christmas cake! read more »
The MP3 Alarm Clock from Thanko's Rare Mono Shop may look like your father's alarm clock, but dear old Dad would surely be amazed by what it can do! read more »
All of us at InventorSpot.com would like to wish all of you a wonderful holiday season.
To celebrate the holidays and to take a much needed break, from Saturday, December 22, 2007 to Wednesday, January 2, 2008, we will be on a reduced holiday schedule.
Thank you for being a part of our site in 2007 and making it a wonderful year for us.
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Apple released their newly redesigned iPod Nano back in September, and sales for this MP3 player were a bit slow at first but have begun to turn around during the holiday season. The Apple iPod Nano is now one of the top selling tech gadgets this holiday season. read more »
Einstein has returned from outer space, according to scientists, and he's taken on the form of the world's first android head with a humanoid body. The synthesis of the two distinct areas of an android robot and bi-ped humanoid robot is the first of its kind, and results in a creepy looking science genius. read more »
Brian Dettmer is a type of book surgeon, slicing through old tomes with knives and surgical tools to transform them into an almost entirely new creation. These volumes are stripped down to reveal a unique interpretation and composition of what laid dormant and concealed within the original structure. read more »
The highly-anticipated successor to the Nokia N95 smart phone may have been spotted in some leaked photos posted at Mobile-Review's forum. This new smart phone is called the Nokia N96, and it looks like it will be available sometime in early 2008. read more »
New technology being developed by Japanese company NS-ELEX Co. will allow people to have conversations on their cellphones while in noisy places such as factories, construction sites, concerts, or anywhere else noise tends to make cellphone calls just about impossible. This innovative earpiece uses a chip developed by Sanyo Electric to reduce exterior noise levels ten-fold.
Pretty much everyone is familiar with the big brown UPS trucks seen across the US. Right now, their delivery season is in full swing as Christmas presents are sent to and from every place imaginable. This year, the United Parcel Service plans on helping the environment as well as helping spread the Holiday Spirit.
I just can't close the year without sharing these beautiful hand blown and crafted martini glasses with you. The dog and cat martini glasses are made by Yurana Glass Designs and each one is crafted individually, so no two are alike. They cost a little more than the average cat or dog bowl, but after all, they're for a celebration... like New Year's Eve. read more »
One of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of the year is the discovery of kryptonite. But by a strange twist of events, the mineral has been named "jadarite." read more »
Not only is it the time of year for cheery holiday greetings but also for important charity holiday messages. Companies around the world have come up with their own ways to spread very importnat holiday messages. Here's a look at some of the best from around the world: read more »
Looking for that perfect rooftop garden to satisfy your green thumb? This one is yours for the taking, although it may be a little smaller than what you had in mind. read more »